I'm trying to install 64-bit Ubuntu on my home desktop for the last one month. But I'm unable to try/install 64-bit flavor of Ubuntu from Live USB/CD. On selecting either option the screen goes blank and after 2 or 3 seconds the system restarts. But, if I disable the SATA controller of the motherboard from BIOS, I'm able to try Ubuntu from live USB as well as live CD. I've searched a lot about the problem I'm facing on this forum and other fora/blogs/wiki etc and have tried a lot of suggested solutions to no avail. Here is my hardware specs and what I've tried.
System specification :
CPU Intel Core i5 3570K Motherboard Asrock Z77 Pro4 RAM 2 x GSkill Sniper DDR III 4GB Hard Disk Seagate SATA 500GB (Connected to Intel SATA3 Controller, Windows 7 installed) Western Digital SATA 1TB (Connected to Intel SATA3 Controller, Trying to install Ubuntu here) Optical Drive HP DVD Burner (Connected to Intel SATA2 Controller)
What I have tried (unless mentioned otherwise, the problem is same in every case):
- Tried with live CD as well as live USB of both 12.04 and 13.04. And all of them work if I remove everything from the SATA ports. So, there is no problem in creating Live USB/CD.
- All HDD and optical drives are connected to the Intel SATA controller. None of them are connected to ASMedia SATA controller.
- In BIOS : Disabled secure boot. Disabled anything remotely related to ACPI controls. Disabled SATA S.M.A.R.T. monitoring system.
- Boot mode : Tried in both USB (legacy BIOS) as well as UEFI boot.
- Boot options : Tried with virtually every possible combinations of all the boot options like nomodeset, apic, nolapic, nomodeset, acpi=off/acpi=0, acpi_osi=linux, acpi_backlight=vendor etc. No perceptible change.
- Install log : If I remove quiet option, I can see the installation log. The installation log is pausing momentarily at "unsquashing rootfs..." or something related to rootfs and after that again a bunch of very fast moving logs before restarting. The last bit of logs are so fast that I'm not able to see where it is getting stuck. (Is there any way to save this log?)
- Tried with two different sample of Western Digital 1TB HDD. Previously I had one with Windows 7 installed in it and I was trying to install Ubuntu in a separate partition in the same HDD. But while trying so I somehow managed to brick it and send it for RMA (and bought the Seagate). Now I have a fresh from factory WD 1TB HDD. In both cases, exactly same problem.
- Only if I disable the SATA controller, I'm able to try Ubuntu from live USB as well as from live USB. Everything works. Even I have opened browser and searched for help in this very forum.
- All of the above (except the last one) I've tried with Seagate 500GB (where Windows is installed) HDD connected as well as disconnected.
What I'm unable to figure out is if I have to disable SATA controller to get a succesful boot from live USB/CD, how on earth I'm going to install it?
I haven't touched the latest WD HDD from Windows yet. Looking forward for some help. It will be a great help if someone can point me to a new direction.